Sex tech has emerged as a site in which sexual pleasure, wellbeing and health are increasingly understood as data. Sex tech includes a diverse range of products from sex therapy apps, sex education chatbots, dating apps, sexual entertainment platforms, smart vibrators, tele-dildonics, menstrual tracking apps, virtual companions and AI-powered sex robots.
To date, most sex tech has been developed by start-ups or by private enterprise. Despite their proliferation (as part of an estimated $30 billion industry), little research exists about their governance and accountability mechanisms, including their collection, storage and sharing of sexual data. In this project, researchers asked if is it possible to design and govern ethical sex tech at scale? What might intersectional, public interest sex tech look like? This report outlines the research findings.